Alberta's Forestry Trunk Road

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Rick West, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    A couple of buddies from Europe were asking me about riding from Coleman to Hinton while on their way to Alaska in June. They will be on large dual sports.

    I have not ridden it so was hoping for those who have to offer their opinion on it. Heard it's mostly easy gravel but with lots of traffic. Fun route or boring?

    Thanks
    Rick
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  2. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Depends on what you call lots of traffic.
    I've been on it and only seen 2 vehicles between Harold Creek and Nordegg.
    I doubt that traffic could be called "heavy" by european standards most of the time.
    If you don't go on a long weekend the you'll most likely have a pretty quiet ride
    on most parts until the stretch from Nordegg to Hinton I'd think.
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  3. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    I spent a summer living a few km downriver from the mountain aire lodge. Weekdays can see trucks (mining, logging, etc)

    That being said you'll likely ride for quite some time before seeing the next "wave of traffic"
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  4. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Easy, scenic gravel most of the way except for a 100km paved section from Highwood Junction to highway 1. Then East paved to 22X north to Cochrane and west again on 1A to Highway 40 north to Wiaprous (paved), then dirt again all the way to Hinton. You may want to mention that from Highwood Junction to the Trans Canada is probably Alberta's most scenic road and a must do.
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  5. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Thanks for the information. I passed it on to them and they are going to use it going one way and ride through the park on the other.
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  6. OurBC

    OurBC Live to Travel

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    I'll put it on my to-do trip next time in Alberta.
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  7. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Here is the link to the track; http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20204839&postcount=1

    The south and central sections will be very accurate as they are cut and joined from previous rides of mine. The section from Nordegg to Hinton (with the side track to Mountain Park ghost town) were put together in Basecamp using basic maps, since I could not find my tracks from when I rode it a couple of years ago.

    I also added a short detour up Limestone mountain, in case they are interested. Very rocky at the top, but doable on a large bike as far as my track goes.
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